Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel: “Take a Deep Breath”

The good news today touches several different bases: The Ministry of Defense has announced that David’s Sling air defense system – designed to shoot down rockets with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63 to 125 miles), aircraft, or low flying cruise missiles – has passed its final round of …

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Arlene from Israel: This and That?

The good news?  Lets start with this picture of Yotam Sitboun: Just a week ago, Yotam was, along with 13 others, the victim of a terrorist car ramming during which a portion of his leg was severely damaged.  According to numerous sources, none official – his parents were not talking …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Sands.

Which means a rapidly changing political/diplomatic terrain. In this immediate context, news that reverberates positively in two respects (emphasis added): The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology laid a cornerstone on Wednesday in Shantou, in the Guangdong province of south-eastern China, for the first Israeli university in China: The Guangdong …

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Arlene from Israel: How Vile Does It Get?

There IS good news, in spite of all that’s vile. And that’s where we are going to start: The very articulate, California-based Denice Gary-Pandol, radio show host, lecturer and teacher, “gets it.”  She understands what the world confronts today, and stands solidly with Israel. Via her Strategic Solutions for a …

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Arlene from Israel: The Eighth Candle.

The eighth and last candle of Chanukah was lit last night, and we are now in the final day of the holiday. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I begin here with what I consider good news.  Yossi Cohen, who has been serving as National Security Advisor, has been tapped by Prime Minister Netanyahu and …

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Arlene from Israel: Keeping Our Eyes on the Flame.

I would be out-and-out misrepresenting, if I said everything was great.  And if I said that you wouldn’t believe me anyway. But what I do know is that we are celebrating Chanukah, which brings messages of joy, and resilience and hope.  These are messages we must internalize, especially in bad …

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Arlene from Israel: Festival of Lights.

The eight-day festival of Chanukah,  has two aspects to it: The story of the miracle, when – at the time of the rededication of the Temple – enough oil for one day lasted for eight.  And the historical story of the defeat by the Maccabees of Antiochus, ruler of the …

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Arlene from Israel: Confronting Complexities.

Good news items from Israel: The Israeli company Ayala Water and Ecology utilizes plants to purify waste water.  Its phytoremediation systems are built into landscaping at hundreds of industrial, residential, agricultural and recreational sites in Israel, India, Chile, Mexico, France, Germany, Greece, Singapore, the United States and Canada. Explains Ayala …

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Arlene from Israel: Rising Up in Strength

Last night, here in Jerusalem, I attended a performance of Dames of the Dance of the Gush Katif Bride Project. Twelve amateur women’s dance groups from different studios performed before an all-woman audience.  To a one, these dancers projected a sense of joy. The theme of the evening was unity …

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Arlene from Israel: This is Israel.

We begin today with an opinion piece from the Friday JPost magazine section, written – in 2010 – by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, “Israel: The blessing of insecurity” (emphasis added): “Throughout the centuries, historians, philosophers and anthropologists have struggled with the concept called ‘Israel’… “In 1948 Israel once again became …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding Tight

I’m so grateful to have some good things to write about, in the face of daily anguish. Several good things, as a matter of fact – ways in which innovative Israel helps and reaches out. That strange red creature on the leaf is a Phytoseiulus persimilis, the most effective predator …

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Arlene from Israel: Beyond

It’s lovely to begin with some good news: On Friday, Jonathan Pollard was released from the federal prison in Butner, N. Carolina on parole. He wasn’t “freed,” as some reports had it. He still must adhere to the rules of his parole, which has been granted at the end of …

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Arlene from Israel: A Reluctant Posting

This post is not only being done reluctantly, my friends.  It will be very brief.  No introductory good news, again.  No analysis. I am holding on to an enormous amount of material, which I will most likely draw on after Shabbat.  How much there is to say about the sick …

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Arlene from Israel: A Specific Focus.

When last I posted, I wrote that – even though I chose to pass on writing about it in that particular post – there is always good news from Israel.  And indeed this is so. THIS is good news, very good news, although of an usual sort – preceded as …

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Arlene from Israel: Horrendous.

I know my readers have become accustomed to seeing a good news piece or two at the beginning of a posting.  Not today. Does not mean there is no good news – there always is.  But we must focus now on the horrendous news just past. ~~~~~~~~~~ It began here …

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Arlene from Israel: And Now?

One of Israel’s many significant medical developments: Assistant Professor Dr. Daphne Weihs, of the Technion in Haifa, has developed a unique biomechanical method for the early detection of metastatic (secondary) cancer – a cancer that has already spread.  It can also identify where the cancer has spread to and enable …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing the World.

There is so much that is positive going on here.  Today I start with an interesting piece about Israeli technology. The Israeli firm DeepOptics is developing a revolutionary liquid crystal alternative to the multi-focal lens.  It will utilize a pixelated dynamic focal lens that “constantly changes its optical power to …

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Arlene from Israel: The Big Stuff

As has become my practice now, I start with some good news. As to this first item, it’s possible that the jury is still out on whether we are certifiable, or whether we simply have a higher moral standard than the rest of the world.  I go with the second …

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Arlene from Israel: If Only…

If only there would be a preponderance of positive news.  But that is wishful thinking, of course.  And yet, there is positive news, and news that carries within it a glint of encouraging possibilities.  I’m going to begin today with some of these items, so that we may be buoyed …

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Arlene from Israel: Abnormal Normal.

I had a beautiful Shabbat. Rich with the laughter of my grandchildren, and with the incredibly perceptive and sensitive things they said. It’s difficult, after that, to turn around and focus on events mostly painful. It should not be, that these painful events – the incitement and terror attacks – …

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